These are seven mock exam questions for A Christmas Carol AQA spec, designed to look exactly like the final exam paper. They are word docs not pdfs, so can be edited to suit a different text/question/extract. Useful for preparing pupils for exams, originally aimed at Y10, but will work for Y11 too.
This worksheet is specific to the poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci, but is in word format, so can be adapted to fit any poem. It is bestused with poems which use archaic language and are thus difficult for pupils to understand.
The worksheet consists of three columns; the first includes a picture to summarise a stanza of the poem, the second includes the written stanza, and the third is empty for pupils to make notes. The combination of picture and stanza helps pupils to make inferences about the meaning of the poem.
Adapting this resource will entail some work, as pictures need to be found to represent each stanza.
This sheet has been created to look exactly like the exam question in the Unseen Poetry section of the new Edexcel English exam. It was originally aimed at Y10 but can be used with Y11 too. The document is in word format, rather than pdf, so it can be altered to include different poems/questions.
The first document listed contains two worksheets for testing pupils' knowledge of poetic terminology and poetic devices. This could also be used in a carousel exercise.
The second document tests pupils' ability to make notes on various aspects of an unseen poem. The poem used in the worksheet is 'If' by Rudyard Kipling, but can be replaced with any other.
Both of these resources can be adapted to suit the ability of the class, with higher ability being left to complete them from memory, whilst lower ability can be guided through with as much teacher input as is necessary.
This worksheet explains the use of semi colons - something which many pupils struggle with. It can be used as a worksheet, or the activities can be extracted and used within a wider lesson on grammar/punctuation.
This sheet can be stuck into pupils' books and used when writing essays to remind them of common SPAG errors. The weighting of marks in the new GCSE places more importance than ever on SPAG, so this list could prove a useful revision tool. This sheet is a word doc, rather than pdf, so changes can be made depending on the SPAG errors seen most often in your class.
These resources constitute two lessons on how to create a setting when writing creatively.
The first lesson focuses on the use of the five senses to fully describe a setting. This is practised through a guided story, where claming music is played and pupils are asked to close their eyes whilst they imagine responses to questions asked by the teacher (script provided). Once they have imagined their setting with the help of the guiding questions, pupils must complete a worksheet (provided) and write a short description of their setting.
The second lesson focuses on the way in which genre affects setting. Pupils are introduced to the concept of pathetic fallacy and must use the information they've learned to create a piece of descriptive writing. Challenge activities are provided throughout.
These resources constitute an entire lesson of WWII context, with a focus on evacuation. They were originally designed to introduce a unit of work based on the book Goodnight Mister Tom.
The first activity sheet is a brief script for the teacher to read out at points during the presentation.
The second activity sheet should be cut up and stuck to numbered cards, for pupils to read out at points during the presentation. This keeps their focus as they have to watch out for their cue.
The presentation is full of emotive pictures, examples of propaganda from the time, sound effects, and chances for pupils to ask questions and for the teacher to elaborate. There is also scope for pupils to use their desks as air raid shelters when the alarm is sounded.
The presentation ends with pupils being welcomed back to modern day and completing a worksheet which checks their understanding of the terminology discussed during the lesson, and asks them to reflect on how they felt at points throughout the presentation.
Possible extension tasks could include: writing a diary entry from the perspective of an evacuee, writing a newspaper report about an air raid, creating a poster encouraging parents to evacuate their children.
This worksheet explains the use of apostrophes - something which many pupils struggle with. It can be used as a worksheet, or the activities can be extracted and used within a wider lesson on grammar/punctuation.
These resources constitute two lessons on war poetry , aimed at Y8 pupils.
The first lesson uses the poem To Germany (copy provided) and focuses on the Christmas Truce as a way of explaining the author's intention.
The second lesson uses the poem War Girls (copy provided) and focuses on the role of women in the war effort.
Individual activities, group activities, and discussion activities are included throughout the two lessons, and pupils are given the chance to be creative, using the information they have learned about the First World War.